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Steve's News from Annapolis regarding BGE Service Reliability

2014-03-18

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share a letter from BGE regarding work that was recently completed to improve service reliability in Central Baltimore County.

Although they have performed extensive work, please let me know if you are experiencing any problems with BGE service reliability and I will contact them on your behalf.

Best wishes,

Steve

 

March 14, 2014

Delegate Lafferty:

I am writing to inform you that BGE has completed its three-year, $15 million investment in upgrades to the electric delivery system infrastructure to improve service reliability in Central Baltimore County. This project began as a result of feedback from our customers, many residing in Towson, Lutherville, and Timonium, during and after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Throughout this project, BGE has appreciated the collaboration and partnership with the affected customers and their elected officials.

BGE researched the reliability histories of the several circuits involved, identified opportunities for improvement, and ultimately executed a plan that included selective undergrounding, aggressive tree trimming, and investment in new technologies, larger wires, and redundant electric feeds. Throughout this process, BGE kept stakeholders informed, including customers and elected officials. In addition to letters to impacted customers, we also held community meetings when requested and, when needed, met onsite to address specific questions and concerns of customers and neighborhoods.

In time, BGE will be able to measure the long-term impact of our reliability improvements, however, in communities where similar work is completed, customers generally see an approximate 60 percent reduction in the number of outages. Additionally, BGE will continue to monitor the performance of these circuits to maintain the progress realized over the past three years.

While we have concluded this particular project, BGE plans more investment and work to further improve reliability for your constituents. BGE expects to invest close to $6 million between 2014 and 2015 in selective undergrounding on specific streets, including Scotts Hill Drive and Wiltonwood Road in Pikesville, Overcrest Road in Towson, Pine Valley Drive in Lutherville/Timonium, and Live Oak Road in Randallstown. While these are the projects that have already been engineered, we will continue to look at other areas that might benefit from selective undergrounding or other improvements.

The success of BGE’s work in these communities is in no small measure due to the collaboration among BGE, its customers, and our state and local elected officials. We truly appreciate your partnership and collaboration. As always, please let me know if you need further information or have any questions.

Sincerely,

Linda J. Foy